My brother was at work recently (at a job he has held with no issues for 2 years) and due to having some time off due to illness, his employer approached him and accused him of having a drug problem and told him that he would need to leave immediately and have a drug test done and that he would not be allowed to work until further notice. After returning home, my brother was informed by his workmates that after he had been sent home, his employer called a meeting with all of the staff and told them that my brother had been sent home because 'he had a drug problem' among other completely false claims. This outraged my brother's workmates as they know him well and know this to be untrue. My brother was then paid for the first week but not for the second and once the drug test results came back, they confirmed a negative result. Despite this my brother has still not been able to return to work and is now extremely distressed about the thought of returning due to the way he has been treated and because of the false claims that have been made about him to all of the other staff members. I don't know much about employment law regarding employee rights but I'm pretty sure this falls under defamation, and there are also a number of other things that seem very wrong with this whole situation. If someone could please enlighten us about this situation and what his rights would be moving forward, we would really appreciate it.